Haaldaar and I successfully secured our room for Gen Con 2009 at the Marriott. A bit more expensive than some of the other hotels, but I like Marriots and it was nearly on top of the vendor area.
Two items of note: Haaldaar got a bad sign-up link that pointed to the 2008 registration site. Not sure if this error was widespread, but mine was ok and I got my room exactly at 10:00 MST.
Secondly, during his research Haaldaar discovered that the RCA Dome is undergoing renovations. Not sure what this means about accessiblity to the convention, but it something worth noting. Perhaps someone local can clue in the rest of the world about the contruction’s impact.
I heard horror stories from previous attendess about the hotel sign-ups, but it went very well for me. Kudos to Gen Con for a smooth opening day.
FYI, the close hotels (ie Marriot, Westin) sold out within 20 minutes. There are still openings at more distant hotels.
Good luck and see you at Gen Con 2009!
Trask, The Last Tyromancer